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La Luz offers free income tax preparation

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La Luz Center is offering free income tax preparation to Sonoma Valley families with incomes up to $60,000 a year. The tax assistance is available in English and Spanish and is provided by community volunteers.

The tax help is part of the Earn it! Keep It! Save It! Program (EKS) for low-income people funded by the IRS. La Luz is part of a coalition of EKS tax services that was formed by United Way of the Wine Country in Santa Rosa.

This year, La Luz is providing additional services with its tax preparation that include advice on saving and managing finances and enrolment in programs like CalFresh for food assistance and Covered CA for healthcare.

Since La Luz joined the EKS coalition in 2009, its tax assistance program has seen more than $100,000 in tax refunds made to Sonoma Valley residents each year. This season La Luz has so far filed tax returns for 20 families. Its goal is to return $225,000 to the Springs community.

“There is nothing like seeing the look on a struggling mother of two’s face when she learns she will get a $5,000 refund, or of a college student who will get $1,000 back that will help pay for tuition,” said Juan Hernandez, executive director of La Luz. “The impact is tremendous, and our volunteers feel like they are making a difference.”

Appointments for this free tax service can be made by calling 211, which is a direct toll-free number to United Way.

For families with income over $60,000, tax preparation help can be found online at myfreetaxes.com/eks.

La Luz is located at 17560 Greger St., in Boyes Hot Springs.

  • Dee Test

    Another way to legitimize illegal immigration. Another way to supplement the cheap wages of illegal immigration, to be provided by the American safety net. Another way to undermine the American middle class.

    • duboce

      Every time I read about an article such as this I keep on smelling a federal grant in the air.

  • duboce

    Stop using the term”illegal immigration” The proper term is “undocumented visitor”.

    • Dee Test

      “Visitors” in the US get visas….and are here legally. Without a visa, they are illegal “visitors”, who should not be allowed to take jobs from those who live here, and should not be allowed to displace others who actually intend to legally immigrate here and contribute to our society.